Early Intervention Changes Lives

Experienced professionals in the field and evidence based research confirm that early intervention for pre- adolescent children with behavior disorders creates a foundation for academic and social/emotional success for those children’s’ future.  Independent Educational Program’s (IEP’s) intensive early intervention program can change the trajectory of a child’s life from the all too common pattern of a series of failed alternative placements to a single successful placement.

With a 118 day average length of placement for K -6 children, our students and their families learn to replace ineffective behaviors with realistic and functional social skills that allow them to succeed in less restrictive or even mainstream environments. Parent training, transition services and behavior intervention response in their receiving schools are all part of the services provided by IEP School that allow us to achieve lasting outcomes.

IEP School provides a consistent, holistic, highly intensive home and school behavior integration and training program provided by an experienced and dedicated team. Accountability and measurable outcomes are what we expect at Independent Education Programs.

Is Early Intervention Cost Effective?

Available data emphasize the long-term cost effectiveness of early intervention. The highly specialized, comprehensive services necessary to produce the desired developmental gains are often, on a short-term basis, more costly than traditional school-aged service delivery models. However, there are significant examples of long-term cost savings that result from such early intervention programs.

  • Wood (1981) calculated the total cumulative costs to age 18 of special education services the child beginning intervention at: (a) birth ; (b) age 2; (c) age 6; and (d) at age 6 with no eventual movement to regular education. She found that the total costs were actually less if begun at birth! Total cost of special services begun at birth was $37,273 and total cost if begun at age 6 was between $46,816 and $53,340. The cost is less when intervention is earlier because of the remediation and prevention of developmental problems which would have required special services later in life. (Wood, M. E. “Costs of Intervention Programs.” In C. Garland and others, eds., Early Intervention For Children With Special Needs And Their Families: Findings And Recommendations. Westar Series Paper No. 11. Seattle, WA: University of Washington, 1981. ED 207 278.)
  • A 3-year follow-up in Tennessee showed that for every dollar spent on early treatment, $7.00 in savings were realized within 36 months. This savings resulted from deferral or special class placement and institutionalization of severe behavior disordered children. (Snider, J., W. Sullivan, and D. Manning. “Industrial Engineering Participation in a Special Education Program.” Tennessee Engineer 1 (1974): 21-23.)

“After nearly 50 years of research, the evidence is in–both quantitative (data-based) and qualitative (reports of parents and teachers)–that early intervention increases the developmental and educational gains for the child, improves the functioning of the family, and reaps long-term benefits for society. Early intervention has been shown to result in the child: (a) needing fewer special education and other habilitative services later in life; (b) being retained in grade less often; and (c) in some cases being indistinguishable from non-handicapped classmates years after intervention.” (http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/early.intervention.html)

We invite you to come visit us, watch our team in action and review our outcome data. When pre-adolescent children with behavior disorders receive effective training early in their academic career, we can reduce the overall cost of treatment and produce  lasting change for  children and their families.